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Rijksmuseum shuts down online ticket sales due to huge demand for Vermeer show


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One of the world’s most expensive coins was sold using fake provenance

The Eid Mar Coin sold at Roma Numismatics
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Richard Beale, the owner and managing director of Roma Numismatics, a London-based auction house that dealt in ancient coins, was arrested in New York in January on multiple charges relating to the sale of a multimillion-dollar coin, according to arrest warrants and a report by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. The ancient coin in question is one of the most valuable in existence. After Julius Caesar was murdered, Brutus minted coins to commemorate the historical event. Only three of these such “Eid Mar” (Ides of March) coins are known to still exist. In 2020, Beale and Roma Numismatics set a world record for an ancient coin sold at auction when they sold the coin for nearly $4.2 millon. It appears now that the coin was sold using false provenance. Details on Art News.

Carrie Mae Weems becomes first black woman to win Hasselblad photography prize

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Colored People), 2019
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The Hasselblad Foundation has selected Carrie Mae Weems as the 2023 recipient of the Hasselblad Award, making her the first Black women artist to receive the prize, which includes SEK2,000,000 (around GBP£155,500) and a medium format camera with Hasselblad lenses. The Hasselblad Award is among the highest honours for a living photographer. Its previous laureates include Dayanita Singh, Nan Goldin, Alfredo Jaar, Miyako Ishiuchi and Wolfgang Tillmans. Carrie Mae Weems was born in 1953 in Portland, Oregon. After high school, Weems first moved to San Francisco to study modern dance before discovering her interests in photography at the age of 21, then receiving her BA and MA in the visual arts in her late twenties and early thirties respectively. Weems’s works often explicitly address political issues, negotiating themes of racism and the African American experience through both personal experiences and historical archives. In The Kitchen Table Series (1990), Weems depicts herself at the same kitchen table, witnessing the comings and goings of friends and lovers, while presenting herself as the perpetual subject; in From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried (1995-1996) and The Hampton Project (2000), Weems reactivated photographs in museum and university archives to recover a history of photography deeply entrenched in racism. Read more on Art Review.

Rijksmuseum shuts down online ticket sales due to huge demand for Vermeer show

High demand for the Rijksmuseum’s Vermeer retrospective has shut down the museum’s ticket sales
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The Rijksmuseum has shut down online ticket sales due to overwhelming demand for the Amsterdam institution’s Johannes Vermeer retrospective. “Due to huge demand for extra tickets for the Vermeer exhibition, the website is experiencing problems,” the Rijksmuseum announced on Monday. “Ticket sales have been shut down until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are working hard to resolve the situation.” After it was announced in 2021, the Rijksmuseum declared the show the “first and last” retrospective for the artist. The exhibition includes 28 of the 37 known paintings by Vermeer, among them loans from institutions in Japan and the US, making it the most comprehensive show by the 17th century master ever. Details on Art News.

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